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SMPIX - ProFunds Semiconductor UltraSector Inv

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ProFunds Semiconductor UltraSector Inv (SMPIX)
Expense Ratio: 1.73%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $47,783.77


The ProFunds Semiconductor UltraSector Inv fund (SMPIX) is a Technology fund started on 6/19/2000 and has $8.10 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running ProFunds Semiconductor UltraSector Inv since 10/21/2011. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT)
Expense Ratio: 0.19%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $6,157.84


The Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Technology investment strategy and is an alternative to a Technology mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like ProFunds Semiconductor UltraSector Inv because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Technology Funds Have Lower Fees Than ProFunds Semiconductor UltraSector Inv (SMPIX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Allianz RCM Technology A RAGTX 171.0% 951 1.60%
Allianz RCM Technology Admin DGTAX 171.0% 951 1.50%
Allianz RCM Technology D DGTNX 171.0% 951 1.60%
Allianz RCM Technology Instl DRGTX 171.0% 951 1.25%
BlackRock Science & Technology Opp Instl BGSIX 103.0% 177 1.40%
Buffalo Science & Technology BUFTX 52.0% 388 1.03%
Columbia Seligman Comms & Info A SLMCX 66.0% 3,600 1.35%
Columbia Seligman Comms & Info Z CCIZX 66.0% 3,600 1.10%
Columbia Seligman Communications and Information Fund Class R4 SCIFX 66.0% 3,600 1.23%
Columbia Seligman Global Technology A SHGSZ 99.0% 453 1.38%
Columbia Seligman Global Technology Fund Class R4 SGTSX 99.0% 453 1.27%
Columbia Technology Z CMT1Z 263.0% 157 1.20%
Columbia Technology Z CMTFX 263.0% 157 1.20%
Dreyfus Technology Growth A DTG1Z 90.3% 259 1.36%
Dreyfus Technology Growth A DTGRX 90.3% 259 1.36%
Dreyfus Technology Growth I DGVRX 90.3% 259 1.01%
DWS Technology A KTC1Z 17.0% 653 1.04%
DWS Technology A KTCAX 17.0% 653 1.04%
DWS Technology Inst KTCIX 17.0% 653 0.67%
DWS Technology S KTCSX 17.0% 653 0.95%
Fidelity Advisor Technology A FADTX 167.0% 721 1.18%
Fidelity Advisor Technology I FATIX 167.0% 721 0.87%
Fidelity Advisor Technology T FATEX 167.0% 721 1.43%
Goldman Sachs Technology Tollkeeper A GITAX 64.0% 347 1.50%
Goldman Sachs Technology Tollkeeper Ins GITIX 64.0% 347 1.10%
Henderson Global Technology A HFG1Z 93.0% 292 1.55%
Henderson Global Technology A HFGAX 93.0% 292 1.55%
Henderson Global Technology Fund Class I HFGIX 93.0% 292 1.30%
HighMark NYSE Arca Tech 100 Index Fiduciary Class PTSFX 11.0% 190 0.83%
HighMark NYSE ArcaTech 100 Index A PPTIX 11.0% 190 1.08%
HighMark NYSE ArcaTech 100 Index B PSEBX 11.0% 190 1.68%
HighMark NYSE ArcaTech 100 Index C PTICX 11.0% 190 1.68%
Invesco Technology A ITCSZ 42.0% 697 1.55%
Invesco Technology Institutional FTPIX 42.0% 697 0.89%
Invesco Technology Investor FTCHX 42.0% 697 1.46%
Invesco Technology Sector Fund Class A IFOAX 4.0% 102 1.70%
Invesco Technology Y ITYYX 42.0% 697 1.30%
Ivy Science & Technology A WSTAX 51.0% 1,300 1.40%
Ivy Science & Technology I ISTIX 51.0% 1,300 1.07%
Ivy Science & Technology R WSTRX 51.0% 1,300 1.66%
Ivy Science & Technology Y WSTYX 51.0% 1,300 1.31%
Janus Global Technology Fund Class A JATAX 89.0% 790 1.10%
Janus Global Technology Fund Class I JATIX 89.0% 790 0.85%
Janus Global Technology Fund Class S JATSX 89.0% 790 1.23%
Janus Global Technology T JAGTX 89.0% 790 0.98%
Matthews Asia Sci & Tech Investor MATFX 65.5% 138 1.21%
MFS Technology A MTCAX 106.0% 209 1.52%
RS Technology A RSIFX 121.0% 212 1.53%
RS Technology Y RIFYX 121.0% 212 1.24%
T. Rowe Price Global Technology PRGTX 110.5% 647 0.98%
T. Rowe Price Science & Tech PRSCX 77.4% 2,600 0.90%
T. Rowe Price Science & Tech Adv PASTX 77.4% 2,600 1.07%
Waddell & Reed Science & Tech A UNSCX 44.0% 2,200 1.36%
Waddell & Reed Science & Tech Y USTFX 44.0% 2,200 1.03%
Wells Fargo Advantage Specialized Tech A WFSTX 169.0% 218 1.69%



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Turnover
Turnover represents how much of a mutual fund's holdings are changed over the course of a year through buying and selling. Active mutual funds have an average turnover rate of about 85%, meaning that funds are turning over nearly all of their holdings every year. A high turnover means you could make lower returns because: 1) buying and selling stocks costs money through commissions and spreads and 2) the fund will distribute yearly capital gains which increases your taxes. Look for funds with turnover rates below 50%. For comparison, ETF turnover rates average around 10% or lower.

Assets
Generally, smaller funds do better than larger ones. The more assets in a mutual fund, the lower the chance that it will beat its index. Managers outperform an index by choosing stocks that are undervalued. In order to find these undervalued stocks, the manager has to know more than his competitors to develop an "edge." There are only a finite number of stocks a mutual fund manager can reasonably analyze and actively track to gain such a competitive edge. When the fund has more assets, the manager must analyze large companies because he needs to take larger positions. Large companies are more efficiently priced in the market and it becomes increasingly difficult to get an edge.

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